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Sporty yet sparing with fuel, the Mazda6's 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivered 32 mpg overall in our tests, the best fuel economy among conventional midsized sedans. The six-speed automatic is very smooth and delivers quick shifts. We found the 6 to be responsive and capable in the corners. The ride is taut and steady but on the firm side, and the cabin is rather loud for the class, despite some recent tweaks Mazda has made to address this. The car received a recent mild freshening that includes a new dash and a center display screen that is operated via a central knob on the console, which takes practice to master. A head-up display is optional.

Road Test

The Mazda6 provides a sporty alternative to the conventional humdrum midsized sedan. A coupe-like silhouette stands out with eye-catching looks. You probably won't be bored driving the car, either. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile hand...

Highs

  • Provides a sporty alternative to the typical humdrum midsized sedan
  • Impressive fuel economy

Lows

  • Loud inside
  • Interior is somewhat snug relative to other midsized sedans

Best Version to Get

The base Sport trim is competitively priced, but doesn't include some features standard on competing midsized sedans, like a power driver's seat and heated mirrors. Stepping up to the mid-level Touring trim gets those features as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert;...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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